Microchip crisis: Calling in all the chips

Microchip crisis: Calling in all the chips

The full impact of the global microchip shortage has still to be worked out, but its effects could change supply chains worldwide

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
27th June, 2021

Early in 2020, having just got back to work after his holidays, Albert Liu was at his office in San Diego when he received a phone call from Taiwan.

It changed everything. The very ability of his business, Kneron, to function, grow and keep pace with the market was under threat.

The call had come from TSMC, his semiconductor supplier, who told him there was going to be a drain, and possibly a full drought, on...

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